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Illusion Confusion

The Wonderful World of Optical Deception

Paul M. Baars

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A comprehensive survey of optical illusions including an astonishing range of images from ancient times to the present

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People are fascinated by optical illusions. There is something intrinsically satisfying about static pictures that appear to move, change colour or fool us into seeing things that 'aren't really there'. This comprehensive survey of optical illusions includes an astonishing range of images from ancient times to the present.

Covering illusions of depth, inversions, vibration effects, ambiguous figures, camouflage, anamorphic art, tessellations and other brain-teasing illusions, it presents examples from psychology, the popular press, the decorative arts, contemporary street art and the fine arts. M. C. Escher, Picasso, Vasarely, Magritte, Liu Bolin, Jos de Mey and other artists are generously represented.

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'Paul Baars demonstrates a deep engagement with the art and science of optical illusions'
Daily Mail

'Be prepared to be surprised and amazed at this easy-to-pick-up, hard-to-put-down delight of a book'
Eastern Daily Press

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 22.0 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 24 February 2014

ISBN: 9780500291313

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Ancient Perspectives, Anamorphic Images, Murals & Camouflage • 2. Impossible Illusions in Perspective • 3. Upside-down Images • 4. Ambiguous Figures & Figure-Ground Illusions • 5. Colour-, Neon- & After-Effects and Static Movements & Vibrations • 6. Estimated Sizes, Image Distortions & Geometric Illusions • 7. Mathematical Patterns, Tessellations, Illusions of Depth & Distance

About the Author

Paul Baars is a designer based in Amsterdam. His firm, Paul Baars Design, creates original identities and objects, and his works are sold in galleries and museums in the Netherlands and abroad.

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